The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Philip Seymour Hoffman has been offered a role in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. And no, it isn’t Finnick, wise guy — it’s Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee. Sure, we’ll buy that. [via Slashfilm]

2. In other, stranger casting news, Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen (aka “The Ryan Gosling of Porn”) have been cast in Paul Schrader‘s The Canyons, a film about young people looking for love, sex, and power in Hollywood that was written by (who else?) Bret Easton Ellis. It may just be time to start applying the Trollgaze Index to movies as well as music. [via ANIMAL]

3. If you’ve been worried about Lady Gaga since she was struck by a pole and left with a concussion at a show in New Zealand on Sunday, this should set your mind at ease. Last night she tweeted a groggy and perhaps slightly bruised photo of herself along with the message, “I feel a bit woozy but a little better everyday.” [via E!]

4. Showtime has announced it’s picking up two new series: Liev Schreiber vehicle Ray Donovan and the provocatively named Masters of Sex, a drama about the groundbreaking sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. [via ArtsBeat]

5. Unsure about whether the new Smashing Pumpkins album, Oceania, is worth your time? Now you can stream it for free at iTunes before its release, next week, and decide for yourself. [via Fuse]

Bonus Buzz: X-Men Muppets